1. Diego Simeone

Age:  44

Nationality:  Argentinian

Current status:  Hugely successful with Atletico Madrid, winning the Spanish Liga and reaching the 2014 Champions League Final.

Won league titles with Estudiantes and River Plate in Argentina, but less successful with
San Lorenzo.

Brilliant motivator
and organiser.

In contention for “super club” job.

2. Jurgen Klopp

Age:  47

Nationality:  German

Current status:  Supremo at Borussia Dortmund.

Past:  Guided Mainz into Bundesliga for the first time before leaving for Dortmund, who he steered to successive Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012, and the 2013 Champions League Final.

Style:  Charismatic, bespectacled motivator.

Future:  Contracted until 2018 but could be tempted by a really top job.

3. Frank De Boer

Age:  44

Nationality:  Dutch

Current status:  Led Ajax to a fourth Eredivisie title, a record for a coach.

Past:  Ajax youth coach, Holland assistant coach at the 2010 World Cup.

Style:  Committed to youth and the Ajax/Barca system of possession-based attack.

Future:  Has been linked with Tottenham but may set his sights higher.

4. Robert Martinez

Age:  41

Nationality:  Spanish

Current status:  Successful first season at Everton.

Past:  Took Swansea into the English second tier, guided Wigan to FA Cup.

Style:  Progressive and media friendly, but unproven when it comes to spending big money

Future:  Career is on an upward trajectory, so next stop could be a Champions League club.

5. Luciano Spalletti

Age:  55

Nationality:  Italian

Current status:  Unemployed.

Past:  Took Udinese and Roma into the Champions League. Won two Russian league titles with Zenit.

Style:  Ambitious, attacking tactics – his Roma played 4-6-0.

Future:  A club needing a fresh tactical impetus.

6. Thomas Tuchel

Age:  41

Nationality:  German

Current status:  Unemployed after leaving Mainz in the summer.

Past:  Coach of Mainz for five seasons, during which time the club consistently punched above its weight.

Style:  Resourceful, clever tactician, strong motivator.

Future:  Won’t be out of work for long; he quit Mainz after they refused to release him from his contract.

7. Ralf Rangnick

Age:  56

Nationality:  German

Current status:  Sporting director at Salzburg and sister club Leipzig.

Past:  Worked wonders at Hoffenheim and took Schalke to the Champions League semi-finals in 2011.

Style:  Likes his teams to adopt attacking, high-pressing tactics.

Future:  A return to frontline coaching.

8. Vitor Pereira

Age:  46

Nationality:  Portuguese

Current status:  Unemployed after a spell earning petro-dollars in Saudi Arabia with Al Ahli.

Past:  Won back-to-back Portuguese league titles with Porto in 2012 and 2013.

Style:  Thoughtful, attack-minded, good with young players.

Future:  A return to a European league.

9. Tony Pulis

Age: 56

Nationality: Welsh

Current status: Left Crystal Palace “by mutual consent” in the summer.

Past: Reached the FA Cup final with Stoke, Manager of the Season with Crystal Palace.

10. Ernesto Valverde

Age: 50

Nationality: Spanish

Current status: Manager at former club Athletic Bilbao

Past: Europa League Runner-up at Espanyol, Greek title multiple times with Olympiacos.

11 Quique Flores

Age: 49

Nationality: Spanish

Current status: Currently unemployed after departing Al-Ain FC.

Past: Won the Primeira Liga with Benfica, and The Europa League with Atletico Madrid.

12. Roberto Donadoni

Age: 51

Nationality: Italian

Current status: Helped Parma stay in the Serie A, bringing them from above relegation zone to finish 8th when he joined in January 2012.

Past: Reached Quarter Final of the Euro’s in 2008.

13. Vincenzo Montella

Age: 40

Nationality: Italian

Current status: Successful 1st season with Fiorentina, finishing 4th.

-Led Fiorentina to the 2014 Coppa Italia Final.

14. Paul Clement

Age: 42

Nationality: English

Current status: Popular Assistant Coach at Real Madrid.

-Worked as an Assistant Coach at Paris Saint-Germain, Coach at Chelsea.

15. Martin Jol

Age: 58

Nationality: Dutch

Current status: Sacked by Fulham in December.

Past: Won the KNVB Cup in Netherlands with two different cubs, one being Ajax.

16. Bert Van Marwijk

Age: 62

Nationality: Dutch

Current status: Sacked by Hamburg in February after losing 7 consecutive league games, along with a German Cup loss to Bayern Munich.

Past: Won the Europa League with Feyenoord in 2002, Runner-up in the 2010 World Cup with Netherlands.

17. Elie Baup

Age: 59

Nationality: French

Current status: Baup was sacked as Marseille manager in December.

Past: Won Ligue 1 in 1999 and the French League Cup in 2002 with Bordeaux.

18. Bernd Schuster

Age: 54

Nationality: German

Current status: Contract at Malaga terminated after a poor season in May.

-La Liga champions in the 2007-2008 season with Real Madrid.

19. Huub Stevens

Age: 60

Nationality: Dutch

Current status: Resigned from his role as head coach of Stuttgart in May.

Past: Europa League winners and Bundesliga Runners-up with Shalke 04 in 1996-97 and 2000-01 respectively.

20. Pepe Mel

Age: 51

Nationality: Spanish

Current status: Unemployed after leaving West Bromwich Albion by mutual consent.

Past: Qualified for the Europa League with Real Betis in the 2012-2013 season.

21. Tony Popovic

Age: 41.

Nationality: Australian.

Current status: Head coach of Western Sydney Wanderers.

Past: After a year assisting Dougie Freedman at Crystal Palace, returned to Australia to become the inaugural manager of A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers.

22. Mario Been

Age: 50

Nationality: Dutch

Current status: Unemployed after being sacked by KRC Genk.

Past: Won the Belgian Cup with Genk in the 2012-2013 season.

23. Jesualdo Ferreira

Age: 68

Nationality: Portuguese

Current status: Sacked by Braga after a series of poor results, currently unemployed.

Past: Led FC Porto to the Primeira Liga title for three consecutive years, the first being the 06-07 season, also winning the Portuguese Cup twice and the Portuguese SuperCup in those years.

24. Jorge Jesus

Age: 60

Nationality: Portuguese

Current status: Very successful manager of SL Benfica, winning all four Portuguese trophies in one season

Past: Has won eight trophies with Benfica, and with them has been runners-up in four others, two of them the europa league.

25. Lluis Carreras

Age: 41

Nationality: Spanish

Current status: Currently unemployed, his last job being a brief three month long stint as manager of  RCD Mallorca.

Past: Carreras led Deportivo Alaves B to the second division in Spain.

26. Markus Wienzierl

Age: 39

Nationality: German

Current status: Manager of FC Augsburg.

Past: Defeated Bayern Munich to end their 53 match undefeated streak. This was the first time Augsburg had ever defeated Munich.

27. Christophe Galtier

Age: 48

Nationality: French

Current status: Manager of French side Saint-Etienne.

Past: Won the French League Cup in the 2012-13 season, and was rewarded the manager of the season award, which was shared with Carlo Ancelotti.

28. Philippe Montanier

Age: 49

Nationality: French

Current status: Manager of Stade Rennes  after leaving Real Sociedad.

Past: Was awarded Ligue 2 Manager of the Year after helping US Boulogne to promotion in 2009.

29. Antoine Kombouare

Age: 50

Nationality: French

Current status: Manager of RC Lens, and got them promoted in his 1st season at the club, ending ligue 2 in 2nd place.

Past: Won Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germaine and Ligue 2 with Valenciennes.

30. Sinisa Mihajlovic

Age: 45

Nationality: Yugoslavian

Current status: Current manager of Sampdoria, the club he spent four seasons at as a player.

Past: Appointed as manager of Catania in December 2009, the Yugoslav brought them up from dead last in the table, to mid table. He pulled off some very impressive results against league leaders Inter and then away at Juventus.

31. Giuseppe Iachini

Age: 50

Nationality: Italian

Current status: Promoted Palermo to the Serie A, the club he was also a part of as a player.

Past: Iachini manged to promote three clubs in a row to the Serie A, not including Palermo.

32. Chris Hughton

Age: 55

Nationality: Irish

Current status: Sacked by Norwich in April, still unemployed.

Past: Hughton won the Championship with Newcastle United in the 2009-10 season.

33. Erwin Van de Looi

Age: 42

Nationality: Dutch

Current status: Current manager of FC Groningen, who he used to play for from 2000-02 -qualified for next season’s Europa League with Groningen.

34. Javi Garcia

Age: 44

Nationality: Spanish

Current Status: Coach of Malaga.

Past: Managed a number of lower division clubs in SPain as well as a spell in Greece with Olynmpiakos Volou and Kerykra.

35. Michel

Age: 51

Nationality: Spanish

Current status: Current manager of Greek side Olympiacos.

Past: Won the Greek League twice in a row and the Greek Cup with Olmpiacos.

36. Ramon Diaz

Age: 55

Nationality: Argentine

Current status: Resigned from his managerial role at River Plate, which was his 3rd time in charge at the club. He also began his career playing for the Argentine Champions.

Past: Diaz won the league with River Plate six times and two other trophies also.

37. Luis Zubeldia

Age: 33

Nationality: Argentine

Current status: Manages LDU Quito in the Ecuadorian League.

Past: At just 27 Zubeldia led Argentinian club Lanus to a 4th place finish, then to a 3rd place finish the next season.

38. Rene Muelensteen

Age: 50

Nationality: Dutch

Current status: Currently unemployed after leaving Fulham in February, and was replaced 4 days before his contract ran out

Past: He was very successful as the assistant manager at Man United, working under Ferguson, winning three Premier League titles, three Community Shields, two League Cups, and the Champions League.

39. Lucien Favre

Age: 57.

Nationality: Switzerland.

Current status: Borussia Monchengladbach coach.

Past: Previously in charge of Hertha Berlin, where he was sacked in 2009.

40. Sascha Lewandowski

Age: 42

Nationality: German

Current status: His most recent managerial role was at Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, until 2013.

Past: Lewandowski helped Leverkusen finish 3rd in the Bundesliga, qualifying for the Champions League Group Stage.

41. Cesare Prandelli

Age: 57

Nationality: Italian

Current status: Manages Galatasaray in the turkish league.

Past: Won the Serie B with Verona, Runner’s up with Italy in the 2012 Euro’s.

42. Alejandro Sabella

Age: 59

Nationality: Argentinian

Current status: Was most recently the manager of the Argentina national team, coaching them to the final of the World Cup.

Past: Won the Argentine 1st league with Esudiantes, finished 2nd in the 2014 World Cup with Argentina.

43. Luigi Di Biagio

Age: 43

Nationality: Italian

Current status: Di Biagio is the manager of the Italy U-21 side.

Past: Has managed other youth sides including the Italy U-20 side.

44. Eusebio

Age: 50

Nationality: Spanish

Current status: Manages Barcelona B in the second division in Spain, since 2011.

Past: Finished 3rd in the Segunda Division with Barcelona B last season but the team are ineligble for promotion as they must play atleast one league below their main side.

45. Julen Lopetegui

Age: 48

Nationality: Spain

Current status: Coach of Porto

Past: Spent several years in charge of Spain’s youth teams.

46.  Frederic Antonetti

Age: 53.

Nationality: France.

Current status: Currently out of work.

Past: Was in charge of Rennes for four years until 2013.

47.  Jorge Luis Pinto

Age: 61

Nationality: Columbia

Current status: Former manager of the Costa Rica national team.

Past: Reached the Quarter-Finals of the World Cup with Costa Rica after finishing 1st in the “Group of Death” featuring Italy, Uruguay and England.

48. Frank Kramer

Age: 42

Nationality: German

Current status: Manager of Bundesliga 2 side SpVgg Greuther Furth from 2013.

Past: Managed Greuther Furth’s reserve side three different times.

Previous rankings – August 2014